Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron facility, located at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research.
How the synchrotron works
Opened in 2007, Diamond is being developed in three phases. Phase I investment of £263 million included Diamond’s buildings and the first seven experimental stations known as ‘beamlines’. Phase II funding of £120 million enabled the construction of 15 more beamlines between 2007 and 2012. A total of 18 beamlines are now operational, with four more under construction. In October 2010, the government confirmed further funding for Phase III expansion, creating an additional 10 advanced beamlines between 2011 and 2017, which will bring the total to 32.
How Diamond is used
Diamond is free at point of access through a competitive application process, provided the results are in the public domain. Over 2000 researchers use Diamond’s beamlines to conduct experiments in a wide range of disciplines including structural biology, health and medicine, solid-state physics, materials & magnetism, nanoscience, electronics, earth & environmental sciences, chemistry, cultural heritage, energy and engineering.
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Outputs from research at Diamond
This work now generates several hundred research papers every year, many in leading scientific journals, and the rate of publication continues to increase as the facility expands.
Diamond's publication database
Diamond increasingly supports industrial research and development, technology and innovation. We are currently working with over 30 companies including Rolls Royce on aerospace and energy applications, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline on drug discovery and development, and Johnson Matthey on improved emissions control catalysts.
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How Diamond is managed
Diamond is a not-for-profit limited company funded as a joint venture by the UK Government through the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in partnership with the Wellcome Trust. Details of the executive team, Board of Directors and committee structure are under Governance and Management.